If you know what PSA blood test is and if you or your male partner has had a recent blood and physical test, you can probably leave this question now. If you are still here I want to share my story in the hope that I might help someone in this forum to live a little longer than may otherwise be the case.
We all have CLL or care for someone with the condition. Cancer is a word we have learned to face, not fear. Like many here I watch and wait, I am in my fourth year of doing so.
My partner has suffered for over 18 months with frequent periods of extreme pain which his doctor diagnosed as Nerve Root Sciatica. I won’t bore you with why it took so long to get him x-rayed, but when it was finally taken the x-ray showed sclerotic bones in his hips. Six weeks on from his x-ray he is already in treatment for advanced prostate cancer. It has spread to hip, sternum, rib and possibly elbow, and invaded his back passage.
There were absolutely no symptoms that there may be a problem with his prostate. No getting up in the night to urinate, no symptoms that might have flagged something was wrong. Prostate Cancer frequently has no symptoms, until, as in my partner it has infiltrated and weakened the bones causing the pain.
A simple blood test for PSA (Prostate-specific antigen) takes 2 minutes, but could give you years more life. We are prone to secondary cancers, so please don’t take a chance. I promise you, watch and wait is a walk in the park compared to advanced prostate cancer. The following link will tell you more.
Please don’t let my sharing of our situation be for nothing. Have the test. I wish I had known.